Wiles Wyles family

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W0972a Main St 1904
W0972a Main St 1904

Thomas & Katherine Wiles (Glebe Cottage (and name variants) and Home Farm):

  • 1911 Census: house is named as Flood Cottage
    • Thomas George Wiles – head – married – age 34 – b.1877, Syston, Leics – Grazier
      • There is a baptism record for Thomas George Wiles, Barrow-upon-Soar, 1876 (mother’s maiden name, Milward)
      • Census records (below) show that his father was native to Hickling and Thomas grew up in Hickling. He died in 1963 (age 86) and his probate records show him at Home Farm, Hickling.
    • Katherine Annie Wiles – wife – age 36 – b.1875, Hickling (married 1904);
      • Katherine Annie Doubleday of Hickling.
    • Thomas George William Wiles – son – age 3 – b.1908, Hickling
    • Frederick Herbert Wiles – son – age 1 – b.1910, Hickling
    • Dorothy Wiles – daughter – age 0 – b.1911, Hickling
    • Sarah Ellen Caunt – servant – age 13 – b.1898, Hose – General Domestic
  • Thomas and Katherine Wiles married in 1904; Katherine is listed in Hickling in the 1901 census but Thomas appears to be working as a footman in Derbyshire (possibly linked to his mother’s birthplace); it is likely that they moved into the cottage at the time of their marriage.
  • An undated wax paper sketch of the cottage (now known as Glebe Cottage) and neighbouring churchyard (possibly from the 1920s) labels the cottage as occupied by Thomas Wiles.
  • A photograph of the cottage (now known as Glebe Cottage) from the 1920s (date unconfirmed) is labelled as the home of Thomas Wiles and his family.
  • The family is listed in Hickling (with an evacuee in the household) in the 1939 Register; the house isn’t named but the listing implies it is on Main Street between The Post Office and the School House. Thomas is listed as a dairy farmer. It may be Home Farm which is where he is located in probate records in 1963.
W0354b George & Martha Wiles
W0354b Mrs Martha Wiles at ‘End Cottage’ behind Jasmine Cottage and by the churchyard

In the records:

  • There are several records for different parts of the Wiles family in Hickling in the 1800s.
  • Census 1881: George (labourer, b.1855, Hickling) & Martha (wife, b.1840, Belper) Wiles with their two sons; Thomas G (b.1877, Syston) and William Hubert (b.1880, Hickling).
  • Census 1881:
    • Elizabeth Doubleday – Head – Widow – age 41, b.1840, Tythby – Butcher & Grazier
    • Samuel S Doubleday – Son – Single – age 17, b. 1864, Langar – Butcher & Grazier
    • Ruth Hannah Doubleday – Daughter – Single         – age 15, b.1866, Long Clawson – House Assistant
    • Sarah E Doubleday – Daughter – Single – age 13, b.1868, Hickling – Scholar
    • Frederick W Doubleday – Son – Single – age 11, b.1870, Hickling – Scholar             
    • Lizzie C Doubleday – Daughter – Single – age 9, b.1872,Hickling
    • Katherine A Doubleday – Daughter – Single – age 6, b.1875, Hickling
    • George Stevenson – Servant – Single – age 17, b.1864, Thurlby, Lincs – Servant (Butchers)
  • Census 1891: Thomas George Wiles is recorded as a farm servant in the household of George Simpson; this is the butcher’s family associated with Rose Cottage on Main Street (see WWI records).
    • His parents are listed separately in Hickling; George’s occupation is ironstone labourer.
  • Census 1891:
    • Ruth Hannah Doubleday – head – single – age 25 b.1866, long Clawson – domestic house keeper
    • Frederick W Doubleday – brother – single – age 21, b.1870, Hickling – butcher
    • Lizzie C Doubleday – sister – single – age 19, b.1872, Hickling
    • Catherine A – sister – single – age 16, b.1875, Hickling
  • Census 1901: Thomas Wiles is listed as a domestic footman in the Strutt household, Makeney House, Milford, Belper; this may be linked to his mother’s birthplace.
    • Parents George (coachman and gardener) and Martha are still listed in Hickling.
  • Census 1901:
    • Elizabeth Doubleday – Head –              Widow – age 63, b.1838, Tythby – Grazier
    • Samuel S Doubleday – Son – Single – age 37, b. 1864, Langar – Butcher
    • Lizzie C Doubleday – Daughter – Single – age 29, b.1872, Hickling
    • Katherine A Doubleday – Daughter – Single – age 26, b.1875, Hickling
    • Florence Munks – granddaughter – single – age 8, b.1893, Hickling

1911 census Thomas George Wiles & family - Flood Cottage
1911 census Thomas George Wiles & family – Flood Cottage

The Norton Family have kindly provided detail of the Wiles family and their time at Glebe Cottage and Home Farm:

The Wiles children (from left to right, Marjory, Thomas, Dorothy, Sarah (known as Addie) and Fred) born at Glebe Cottage (Norton family)
The Wiles children (from left to right, Marjory, Thomas, Dorothy, Sarah (known as Addie) and Fred) born at Glebe Cottage (Norton family)
  • A photograph (below) of George and Martha Wiles at the gate of the thatched cottage.
  • “My great grandparents George and Martha Wiles both worked at the Rectory for Canon Skelton. Martha came with the Skeltons as a cook from Belper where her father John Millward was a nail maker. After their marriage, George went to work on the railway at Syston (photograph, below, George is the third in on the front row wearing the white shirt).”
  • “During this time, Thomas was born then they moved back to the village when their second son was born. It is not known where they were living unless it was the church cottage as the pictures show.”
  • George and Martha’s son Thomas and Katherine Doubleday were married in 1904 and lived there until approximately 1916; there is a photograph of Katherine Wiles holding her first born child, Kitty, who sadly died aged 4.
  • “After losing Kitty, they went on to have 6 more children – the 5 shown in the picture below were all born at Glebe Cottage. They are, from left to right, Marjory, Thomas, Dorothy, Sarah (known as Addie) and Fred. The youngest Eva (my mother) was born at Home Farm in 1917.”
  • There is a further earlier photograph of Dorothy and Marjory outside the Glebe Cottage.
  • “When the family moved up to Home Farm, Thomas still continued to farm Glebe land. William Marriott (Bill) along with his wife and family lived in Glebe cottage during the 1940s and 50s whilst working for Thomas who was still farming the Glebe land. After the death of Thomas in January 1963, his son Fred took over the Glebe land until it passed on to Rev Harwood.”
  • Additional photographs show:
    • Katherine Wiles holding her youngest child Eva c.1920 outside Home Farm.
    • An aerial view of Home Farm in approx 1950 (during renovations); “As can be seen by the double roof, whilst undergoing modernisation, it was found that the rear part of the main house was much older than the front. To get to the back door, you had to go through a series of cheese rooms. Katherine was making Stilton Cheese on the premises and there was a large whey cistern at the back of the property. The pair of cottages attached to the main house were occupied during the 1940s by my parents, Richard and Eva Peet in one and Tom and Bessie Timms.”
    • “Picture (from left to right) of Tom Wiles Jnr, Tom Wiles Snr, John Wadkin, Fred Wiles, George Wiles – at this time they were all still hand milking the cows at the cow sheds at Glebe Farm.”
    • Photograph; “Making a hay stack at Home Farm – from left to right, Fred Wiles, John Watkin, Tom Wiles Snr, George Wiles and Bill Marriott on the top, Tom Wiles Jnr.”
  • “But we do know that in latter years, they lived in the small cottage at the back of Jasmine Cottage as we have numerous pictures of them there.” Referenced as the End Cottage they lived in the half which bordered the churchyard (now Jasmine or Jessamine Cottage) – a picture of it during later renovations is shown, below.
  • “In the latter days, George worked alongside his son on the (Home) farm. George died in 1930 and Martha in 1931.”

This gallery is from the Wadkin Archives

“Carriers. I do not remember Mr J Mann when he was a carrier with horse and cart to Nottingham, but I remember Mr Mann when he retired and lived with his family in the Parson’s Cottage next to the churchyard, this cottage was always in danger of being flooded when heavy rains occurred, and many times I can recall when furniture was taken upstairs. When I was at school the Wiles family lived there Tom, Fred, Dorothy and Madge and Addie and Eva born at their present house and the Parson’s Cottage then had a thatched roof.”

“Mr & Mrs George Wiles lived in a small cottage overlooking the churchyard as long as I knew them. Mrs Wiles was a tiny woman and one never saw her out in the village. Mr Wiles fetched water every day from Rose Cottage, their son Tom Wiles and family lived first at Church Cottage and then moved to Home Farm where some of the family still live. Mr Tom Wiles married Kate Doubleday and had two sons and four daughters, one unmarried daughter Madge and youngest of the family Eva Peet live together with some of the family at Home Farm.”

“George Wiles who was a drayman at The Rectory, his family lived in Chapel Close (village end of what is now Bridegate Lane). George married Martha Milward who was a cook at The Rectory and they lived in Church View Cottage. George was born in 1855 and died in 1930. Tom was born in 1876 at Syston”

(Maggie’s Memories pp. 57&91 & image label)